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1. Thelonious Monk, the jazz great born in Rocky Mount, often wore what in his lapel when playing New York clubs? 2. Whose liver is on display in a pan of formaldehyde at the Mutter Museum in Philadelphia? 3. What bird, considered extinct in North Carolina since 1959, was reintroduced in 1984? 4. True or […]

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1. “At the first gesture of morning, flies began stirring” — in what novel is this the opening sentence? 2. Billy Graham attracted his largest single-day audience — more than 1.1 million — in 1973. Where was it? 3. Which first name is more common in North Carolina than in any other state: Flake, Flay […]

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Several new titles were just added to “New in the North Carolina Collection.” To see the full list simply click on the link in the entry or click on the “New in the North Carolina Collection” tab at the top of the page. As always, full citations for all the new titles can be found […]

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1. In what North Carolina city was a UFO reported in 1897? 2. What 1947 non-fiction best-seller includes the line, “The first thing I saw in North Carolina was a sign outside a group of bungalows, Motor Court — Morally Pure’ “? 3. When John Lawson trekked through the Piedmont in 1701, he noted that […]

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Does the title sound a little familiar? That’s because it’s a parody of the famous novel by Robert Louis Stevenson, “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”. This court case, while not as famous as the title it refers to, is certainly just as intriguing. In 1899, Mr. Martin Smith of Burke County […]

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During the days leading up to Halloween, North Carolina Miscellany is posting articles from North Carolina newspapers about one of our favorite Halloween characters, the witch. “Do witches ride horses?” One man posed this question to the Greensboro Record in 1911 looking for an explanation as to why his horses’ hair was knotted every morning. […]

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It could have been the result of damage from hurricane Florence or tropical storm Michael.  Maybe it was just (extreme) old age. During the week of October 21, UNC Grounds Crew felled one of the most consistently photographed trees on UNC’s campus. Don’t worry… the Davie Poplar is fine… Another tree, not as prominent or […]

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1. In TV commercials in the early 1970s, who sang, “Hurry on down to Hardee’s, where the burgers are charcoal-broiled”? 2. When it opened in 1965, this 29-story skyscraper was the South’s tallest — what was it? 3. Among the failed early ventures of this future fast-food pioneer was a motel and restaurant in Asheville […]

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During the days leading up to Halloween, North Carolina Miscellany is posting articles from North Carolina newspapers about one of our favorite Halloween characters, the witch. Witches tended to be the scapegoat for just about any problem in a person’s life. One common complaint attributed to a witch’s curse was being unable to churn your […]

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1. After suffering facial cuts in a 1974 crash at Charlotte Motor Speedway, what driver ordered the ambulance crew to make sure a plastic surgeon was standing by at the hospital? 2. A UNC basketball star of the ’90s shares his name with Gomer Pyle’s drill instructor — what is it? 3. How many North […]

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